As I have said before, I am fat because I am a foodie. So, not to gloat, my spice cabinet is usually needing to be restocked on a regular basis. However, when I used to look at my parents cabinets, they definitely don’t use spices, in the same manner I do. (though they should…can you say bland food?)
I am a major fan of McCormicks spices, among others, so this comes as a bit of a shock, but a good way to keep you aware of what you have in your cabinets. McCormicks has come out with a warning for customers to check their spices to see if they are too old.
Here is a caveat, according to the FDA spices are best within the first 2 years, but they don’t go bad, the can however, become “not fresh”. Something to consider is a lot of people who have the McCormicks spices still in the can…and that means your spices are over 25 years old.
Spring cleaning, anyone? Except for black pepper, McCormick spices in rectangular tins are at least 25 years old. What's in the back of your spice cabinet? Show us! http://bit.ly/2GC1JGT
Yes, times to toss them, I would think.
There is also another way to tell if your spices are at least 25 years old. Look at the location made label:
When's the last time you took a peek into your spice cabinet? You should see “Hunt Valley, MD” on McCormick labels. If…
While these old spices won’t make you sick, they may not be as potent…and if you haven’t secured them, you could be looking at exposure to the elements, bugs and dust. Granted, you can cook with them and, at the right temperatures, you can cook out the bad stuff. But McCormicks is encouraging you to replace the old spices or toss out the old ones.
Some would say this is a great way for them to do a cash grab, but at the end of the day, it will make you replace your spices for a better tasting meal. My family should have done this years ago. (I think my Mom inherited her spices from my Grandmother…LOL).